My first real exposure to Islam was when I visited the Nation of Islam’s Savior’s Day celebration. The perspective that some have about whether the Nation represents “true Islam” is reflected in the following excerpt from my book:
When I was discussing my project with a friend of mine, Aneesah, that had been raised Muslim, I shared that I had only had an experience with the Nation of Islam, and she was skeptical:
“You have only been to the Nation of Islam?” she said.
When I replied in the affirmative, she balked.
“You know that’s not really Islam.”
I let her speak her piece, not wanting to quibble about a worship community that would beg to differ, remembering the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s thoughts on that particular matter.
My52WOW chooses respect over skepticism. I choose to honor the good being done by all worship communities. Because of this, I found the following article from Defend Haiti heartening: Ezili Danto and Nation of Islam Bring Purified Water to Thousands in Haiti.
In it, a local organization and the Nation of Islam are partnering to provide the community with a 30,000 gallon-per-day water purification system. Take a look and let me know what you think. I am especially interested to hear from those who have familial ties to Haiti and/or who have knowledge about the political situation in the country.
Another article about this can be found on The Root.